JHB at Latiin summit 

Operation HOPE Silver Rights Entrepreneur and Vice Chair of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy to help advance free enterprise in South America through education channels


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – April 16, 2009 – Joining over 500 top leaders focused on Latin America’s role in the global arena, Operation HOPE Chairman and CEO and Advisor to the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council (on financial literacy and financial empowerment), John Hope Bryant travels to Brazil this week to lead World Economic Forum (WEF) discussions focused on transforming local education systems to stimulate entrepreneurship and be on hand to train a new community of Young Global Leaders.


Bryant shares his extensive experience as a social “silver rights” entrepreneur and his unique perspective for building bridges between corporations, governments and communities through programs that facilitate global change. Continuing the organization’s international work, HOPE Global Initiatives continues to advocate the benefits of “silver rights”—the campaign to promote access to financial resources, empowerment and global dignity, as a tool for promoting a better world.


With the full support of Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Forum’s key Strategic Partners, the April 13 – 16 conference addresses the current economic slowdown, as well as the implications of the global economic crisis for Latin America. Based on five main pillars, the program will address regional economic recovery linked with sustainable development, which include:

  • Responding Proactively to the Economic Slowdown
  • Building Bridges among Regions
  • Integration to Build a Better Future
  • Public Policies for Sustainable Growth
  • Challenges and Opportunities for a Green Development Cycle

A subsidiary organization of the WEF, YGL strives to reach their objectives through a set of initiatives targeted at improving the state of the world by 2030. While YGL has its own distinct autonomous governance structure, it acts in close cooperation with the WEF. Each year the WEF nominates around 200 YGLs to be engaged for a period of five years.


HOPE’s work to shape a better world is supported by its national partners that include Citi, CIT and E*TRADE Financial. Bryant’s role as a delegate began in 2004 when he accepted his nomination as an YGL.


Here is a link to one of the sessions led by Bryant at te Forum meeting.


The Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL)

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is an independent, Geneva, Switzerland-based foundation whose mission is to build a unique, multi-stakeholder community of the world's most extraordinary leaders under the age of 40 and give them a platform to collaborate and shape best practices for the future of the world. Each year, we identify and mobilize a new group of 200 exceptional men and women in business, politics, academia, the media and civil society from every region in the world. Together, they form a powerful international force for the global common good. For more information about the Young Global Leaders, please visit the website at www.younggloballeaders.org


About HOPE Global Initiatives (HGI)

HOPE Global Initiatives was developed out of the US based financial literacy and empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE’s leadership role in hosting Ambassadors and Heads of State visiting Southern California, as well as the founder's former role with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, Switzerland, as their first ever goodwill ambassador to the United States. The role of HOPE Global Initiatives is to promote and advocate the benefits of education, financial literacy, self-reliance, economic empowerment and dignity as tools for vastly improving the quality of life in developing countries, with a particular focus on developing countries on the African continent. The role has expanded to serve underserved communities throughout the world. HOPE Global Initiatives is a program of Operation HOPE. For information about Operation HOPE and its programs to go www.operationhope.org or www.operationhope.org/blog.


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